MANILA, Philippines/TAMPA, Fla. (August 20, 2017) – IRONMAN, a Wanda Sports Holdings company, announced today the addition of theALVEO IRONMAN®70.3®Davaotriathlon in Davao City, Philippines. Following the announcement of the first full-distance IRONMAN event in the Philippines, which will take place in Subic Bayon June 3, the ALVEO IRONMAN 70.3 Davao becomes the secondaddition to the 2018 race calendar in the Philippines. Next year marks the 10th anniversary of the first IRONMAN eventin the Philippines (Camarines Sur on August 23, 2009).
With races that have taken place in Luzon and Visayas, IRONMAN will now set foot in Mindanao, extending its presence across all three island groups of the Philippines.Davao City has experienced continuous growth and developed infrastructure in recent years to become one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Philippines. Athletes will have an easy journey through Davao City’s international airport with direct flights from Manila, Singapore or Kuala Lumpur, and will have a wide selection of world-class hotels to enjoy their stay in Davao, which is located on the east coast of Mindanao Island in the Philippines.
“It is always exciting for us to announce the addition of a new event – especially in the Philippines where the enthusiasm of the IRONMAN community is exceptional,” saidIRONMAN Asia Managing Director Geoff Meyer.“We launched IRONMAN Philippines in August and sold out all entries in one day. We hope for such to continue that tremendous response as we open registrations of ALVEO IRONMAN 70.3 Davao on October 1.”
The participants will enjoy racing through Davao’s fusion of nature and urban infrastructure. The race begins with a 1.9kmone-loop swim at the beautiful property development of Azuela Cove where the transition area will be located. Athletes will then exit onto the main highway to start the90km bike. The fast, single-loop bike course heads all the way to the turnaround point at Tagum City. Athleteswill then head back to Azuela Cove for the second transition. They exit out to the flat roads of J.P. Laurel Avenue towards the Abreeza commercial district of Davao to complete the 21kmtwo-loop run course. Participants will be cheered by crowds of spectators lining the streets until the finish line located at the Azuela Soccer Field.
“We at Sunrise Events are excited to be offering a brand-new race in another part of the country next year,”said Wilfred Steven Uytengsu, President of Sunrise Events which owns and will operate the new event.“Davao will be our next destination for an IRONMAN 70.3 race and we believe this will be well received by local and foreign triathletes alike. We are encouraged by the enthusiasm Davao has expressed in hosting us and I expect we will see this race steadily grow.We look forward to seeing you all at a new destination.”
Inday Sara Duterte, Mayor of Davao City,also commented: “We are very pleased to host the IRONMAN 70.3 in Davao City starting in 2018. We are excited to hold this international sporting event and make it a platform to show the world the culture, the heritage and the values of Dabawenyos. We warmly welcome Filipino and international athletes as we all look forward to a weekend of safe, secure and fun racing!”
The2018 ALVEOIRONMAN 70.3 Davao 2018will offerwill offer a $15,000 USD professional prize purse(P-500) and 30 age-group qualifying slots for the 2018 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship in Nelson Mandela Bay, South Africa.
General registration for ALVEO IRONMAN 70.3 Davao, will open on October1, 2017, at www.ironman.com/davao70.3. Athlete inquiries may be directed to email@example.com. Media may contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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About Sunrise Events, Inc.
Sunrise Events Inc was established in 2008 by Wilfred Steven Uytengsu after it has been granted the IRONMAN® 70.3® license by World Triathlon Corporation. The vision of the company is to stage world class events to put the Philippines in the sports tourism map of the world. SEI currently stages at least 13 events per year and has the exclusive rights to the IRONMAN 70.3 triathlon, 5150triathlon, XTERRA and IRONKIDS events.The company has received multiple awards in the Philippines and in Asia for excellence in race organization and sports tourism. Its centerpiece event, the Ironman 70.3 held in Cebu is known to be the Crown Jewel of Asia in the IRONMAN world.
A Wanda Sports Holdings company, IRONMAN operates a global portfolio of events that includes the IRONMAN® Triathlon Series, the IRONMAN® 70.3® Triathlon Series, 5150™ Triathlon Series, the Rock n’ Roll Marathon Series®, Iron Girl®, IRONKIDS®, International Triathlon Union World Triathlon Series races, road cycling events including the UCI Velothon Majors Series, mountain bike races including the Absa Cape Epic, premier marathons including the Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon and other multisport races. IRONMAN’s events, together with all other Wanda Sports Holdings events, provide more than a million participants annually the benefits of endurance sports through the company’s vast offerings. The iconic IRONMAN ® Series of events is the largest participation sports platform in the world. Since the inception of the IRONMAN® brand in 1978, athletes have proven that ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE® by crossing finish lines at the world’s most challenging endurance races. Beginning as a single race, IRONMAN has grown to become a global sensation with more than 200 events across 50 countries. For more information, visit www.ironman.com.
About Wanda Sports Holdings
Wanda Sports Holdings is the world’s leading sports business entity, founded to capture the opportunities in the global sports industry and to contribute to the prosperous international sports landscape – in three key areas: 1) Spectator Sports (media & marketing business), 2) Participation Sports (active lifestyle business), 3) Services (digital, production and service business). Wanda Sports Holding incorporates the international sports marketing company Infront Sports & Media, the iconic endurance brand IRONMAN, and Wanda Sports China. The headquarters are in Guangzhou, China.